HC Deb 19 February 1907 vol 169 cc704-5
DR. HAZEL (West Bromwich)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether it has been proposed to appoint a German professor of Arabic to the educational service of the united provinces of Agra and Oudh, for attachment to the Mahomedan Anglo-Oriental College at Aligarh; and whether he will bear in mind the feeling that prevails in India in favour of the appointment of a competent Indian Mahomedan scholar to the post.


No appointment to the Indian Educational Department is involved the Mahomedan Anglo-Oriental College at Aligarh is a private institution in receipt of a grant-in-aid from Government. I understand that the trustees of the College, who are all Indian Mahomedan gentlemen, have selected a German scholar for the post of Professor of Arabic, and an Indian scholar for that of Assistant Professor. I cannot undertake to interfere in any way with their discretion.